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815 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 8, 2013 7:55 PM by JamesJohnsonLMT
PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
Dec 12, 2009
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Jun 2, 2013 12:47 PM

Snapping feeling on top of ankle bone

I've been experiencing a strange occasional snapping feeling on top of my left ankle bone...lateral side. It is happening several times per day. There is no noticeable swelling, but a bit of pain at times. I don't recall turning or spraining my ankle.  Is this something to worry about? I prefer to not see a doctor as it would be an out of pocket expense, so would prefer to do my own therapy, if possible. I have very high arches and supinate. Yes, I am a supinator and all of my shoes wear on the outside of the shoes.

I've been running 3+ yrs, am a 61 yr old female.  In the past I've dealt w/ retrocalcaneal bursitis, plantar fascitus and achilles tendonitis, so do foot exercises such as heel drops and ankle circles (drawing alphabet) every day. I run 4 days and about 20 miles per week.

What stretches or strengthening exercises should I do?  Is wearing a lt wt ankle brace adviseable?

Thanks in advance for any advise!


Marie from Tennessee

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  • JamesJohnsonLMT Legend 1,291 posts since
    Aug 23, 2009
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    1. Jun 8, 2013 7:55 PM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Re: Snapping feeling on top of ankle bone

    While I will take your word that you are a supinator, and that you spend a lot of your gait cycle on the outside of your foot, I'm willing to bet you still go through a pronation phase like pretty much everybody else, or at least, your body tries to in order to absorb shock. This would require action (perhaps more than normal in your case, and perhaps eccentrically) from the peroneal (fibular) muscles and tendons, which lift the outside of the foot in pronation...

    The above image from Foot Health Facts shows the peroneal tendons wrapping around the outside of your ankle.

    Article here.


    Check out this youtube video on Peroneal Tendinitis (like a medical consult)...



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